Reviewer:Bo the Wolf
August 13, 2011 Subject:
Colorful commentary on early 20th century life in Montenegro
Author Roy Trevor depicts a colorful, if not primitive existence for the people of tiny and war impoverished Montenegro.
He regales the reader with euphemisms, stories, and legends of the people of the area, which are all well written and interesting. This, however, is all the book is: a reflection of local color at the given time Trevor was present in Montenegro.
It contains little useful material for anyone writing a research paper.
What it does give is an interesting character of the people he met, who may or may not be typical Montenegrins.
It also plays up the angle of religious warfare. This is mainly due to the constant state of war Montenegro was in since the fall of Kosovo on 15 June, 1389. Wave after wave of Ottoman turks broke upon the jagged rocks of craggy Montenegro. To this end, the author speaks of Muslim Albanians ready to kill Catholic Albanians (and vise versa) at the drop of a hat. My personal experience in Kosovo tells me Albanians untie along their ethnic lines and not along religious lines. Catholic and Muslim Albanians bear little to no ill will against each other.
This fact gives me some reason to doubt Trevor's writing, and I would not trust anything he said as one hundred percent given fact.